Article by Johnnie Lowery
Despite a nervous first half an hour Sutton eventually came good against relegation candidates Guiseley to hammer the Yorkshire side 4-0 and keep the pressure on fellow title challengers.
On a windy day U’s failed to settle early on with the game end to end and neither side really able to keep possession for long. The first half opportunity fell to Byron Harrison when he burst through on goal but with a lot still to do the recovering defender caught up and made a strong challenge to deny him. It was Jamie Butler who had to make the best save of the early exchanges however, having to be at full reach to tip John Rooney’s long range effort round the post. Not long after United took the lead, a long throw in inadvertently flicked on goalwards by a visiting defender, goalkeeper Luke Coddington initially making a good save but unable to keep out the rebound from Terrell Thomas. This fired U’s into life and Coddington had to be on hand to save from Louis John, the right back also seeing an effort from close range hit Harrison when it appeared to otherwise be going in.
The mother of all scrappy goals early in the second half put Sutton firmly in control, with a goalkeeping error allowing Cadogan to pick the ball up and square to Kenny Davis, who opted to flick the ball on to Harrison who couldn’t miss. 5 minutes later an electric run from Tom Bolarinwa saw him beat 3 men, getting to the byeline before crossing for Craig Eastmond to tap home and ending the game as a contest just 10 minutes into the second half. Butler was kept alert by a couple of long range Guiseley efforts but the away side failed to really threaten and it was Paul Doswell’s men who still looked much the more likely, Tommy Wright seeing an effort pushed onto the post on 70 minutes. 5 minutes later it was 4-0, the wind catching a Harry Beautyman corner, the ball hitting the post and rebounding into the unfortunate Coddington before rolling across the line. Late on in the game Nathan Liburd should have pulled one back for Guiseley but fired wide when one-on-one, United able to preserve their clean sheet to cap off what was a very satisfying victory